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Etching a logo

Discussion in 'Swamp Rat Knives' started by Dicko, May 8, 2016.

  1. Dicko

    Dicko

    332
    Dec 28, 2014
    G'day all,

    When I stripped and etched my Ratweiler I had quite a few questions as to how I did it. Well I did the same to my Battle Grade AK47 the other night and took some pictures and videos (if they work). I have also posted this in the Busse forum.

    I pretty much just taught myself through good old Google! :thumbup:
    All you need is salt, ear buds (I think you mob call them q-tips??) and a battery charger. I am unsure if it can be done with a 'smart' charger.

    1 - first thing you need to do is make up a saturated salt solution.

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    2 - Next, plug in your battery charger.

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    3 - Positive lead clamped to blade. Negative to a saturated bud, taking care to ensure the steel of the clamp is in contact with the solution to unsure the electric-trickery is conducted. I found that 24V resulted in a quicker etch.

    4 - gently move the cotton bud across the logo that you want etched, regularly changing the bud to a clean oneand keeping the whole area wet. I found it beneficial to also keep the logo area clean and flushed with the salt solution.

    I will let the pictures and videos speak for themselves. The whole process including setting up takes about 10 minutes.
    *not sure why the pictures aren't showing the correct orientation, sorry*.

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    5 - and that's pretty much it! There are probably other things I should be doing and I'm happy to take some advice.
     
  2. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    I really wish I had seen this before I stripped my 711 years ago. It is sterile now, ha! Thank you for taking the time to put this together :thumbup:
     
  3. Uncle Timbo

    Uncle Timbo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2005
    Thank you Dicko (did you figure that out on your own?) but ditto Hard Knocks -- I'm in that sterile boat with you.
     
  4. Dicko

    Dicko

    332
    Dec 28, 2014
    I stumbled across it actually, I think I heard it mentioned either here or the Busse forum.

    Piqued my interest & think I just googled my way into amateur effort.


    "Slow & right beats fast & wrong"
     
  5. elof_alv

    elof_alv Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    Tried to do it with a 9V battery once... Should have thought of using charger instead!
     
  6. Uncle Timbo

    Uncle Timbo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2005
    I saw a video of a guy using a battery charger, 5 gallon bucket, wire rope, baking soda, and water, take rust off of an axe head. Pretty slicko. Kinda like you Dicko!
     
  7. inkynate

    inkynate Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2010
    Just one? I was curious if that would work myself, but would hook up at least 3 in series to get the voltage up above the 24v that Dicko mentioned.

    I've done some ti anodizing in the past with 9 volts that way, but don't know if they would produce enough current for the etch.

    *edit* -Found a couple of articles, looks like 9v's should also work fine, just slower.
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2016
  8. elof_alv

    elof_alv Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    A lot slower!
     

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